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BOYS BASKETBALL (11-4, 13-7)
Friday, Davis (10-5, 11-9) here.
One more time. For the second time in seven days and the fourth time this year Wenatchee faces Davis…this time in the first round of the District 5/6 tournament. This is a winner advances, loser out game. WHS won two of the three league contests. The Pirates were flying along with eight consecutive wins until Friday when Eastmont thumped them by 28, and the next night Wenatchee took them by 14. The winner Friday will most likely heads to East Wenatchee Saturday to face Eastmont, as the Wildcats are favorites on Friday to top fourth-place Moses Lake. If the Chiefs upset the Wildcats then the Panther/Pirate winner would host the Saturday game. The Saturday victor advances to the regional round. Wenatchee ended the regular season with a 5-game win streak, their longest since the 2008-09 team won 11 straight

District.
This is Wenatchee’s 48th district game since 1966-67, six of which have been against Davis. Overall the Panthers are 15-32 and vs. Davis 2-4. Friday the local squad will be out to break a 4-game losing streak in these district affairs. Their last win was in 2009 over …who else, Davis when they whomped the Pirates 68-37.

Final Standings: Eastmont 13-2, Wenatchee 11-4, Davis 10-5, Sunnyside 6-9, Moses Lake 5-10, Eisenhower 0-15.

Score Czar ranking with last week’s in parenthesis: 4A – Eastmont 4 (6), Wenatchee 14 (18), Davis 33 (29), Moses Lake 48 (47), Eisenhower 67 (67)…3A – Sunnyside 33 (34).

GIRLS BASKETBALL (3-12, 4-16)
Thursday, Moses Lake (14-1, 17-3) away.
The Panthers are up against a Moses Lake outfit that is the league champ and the winner of 14 straight games. WHS has lost three times to the Chiefs this season, but they come closer each outing. First they were bombed by 29 at ML, then cut that to 10 at home and the third time came within six a couple weeks ago back at the Chiefs’ place.

District.
This will be the Panthers 60th district game…the first was in 1973. They have 25 wins and 35 losses, and have won the last two and three of the last four. Twice WHS has faced Moses Lake, losing in 1994 and winning in 2012.

Oh yes, the game is Valentine’s Day. This is the 12th time the young ladies have played on the 14th of February. Unfortunately Cupids’ arrows have gone astray most of the time as they have won four and lost seven, dropping the last three in a row. Their last Valentine game was 2006 and Thursday’s foe was the opponent.

Final Standings: Moses Lake 14-1, Davis 10-, Sunnyside 9-6, Eastmont 9-6, Wenatchee 3-12, Eisenhower 0-15.

Score Czar ranking with last week’s in parenthesis: 4A – Moses Lake 14 (14), Eastmont 33 (33), Davis 39 (38), Wenatchee 42 (42), Eisenhower 61 (61)…3A – Sunnyside 18 (17).

BIG NINE ALL CONFERENCE BASKETBALL
Dillon Sugg Selected Player of the Year
The Big Nine All-Conference basketball teams were announced yesterday and several Panthers are among those honored. Dillon Sugg, a 6-4 junior, is the Player of the Year for the boys. Sugg was named to the second team as a freshman and last year was on the first team. Wenatchee sophomore Almira Chandler, and the team’s leading scorer, earned a place on the girls second team. And Ron Stone was named boys Co-Coach of the Year along with Mike Waters of Eastmont.

BOYS
Player of the Year: Dillon Sugg, Sr., Wenatchee
Co-Coaches of the Year: Ron Stone, Wenatchee and Mike Waters, Eastmont

FIRST TEAM
Nikhil Lizotte, So., Davis
Trea Thomas, Sr., Eastmont
Denis Ulyanchuk, Sr., Moses Lake
Carlos Vijarro, Sr. Davis
Max Jones, So., Davis

SECOND TEAM
Trey Serl, Sr., Sunnyside
J.J. Jahr, Sr., Eastmont
Dalin McDonnell, Sr. Eastmont
Andy Soto, Jr., Eisenhower
Eduardo Salmeron, Sr., Sunnyside

HONORABLE MENTION from Wenatchee Austin Chandler, Sr., Nathan Allison, Sr. Brock Kuntz, Sr.

DEFENSIVE TEAM: Carlos Vijarro, Sr., Davis (Defensive Play of the Year), J.J. Jahr, Sr., Eastmont, Alex Hopkins, Sr. Wenatchee, Trea Thomas, Sr., Eastmont, Trino Rubio, Sr., Moses Lake, Dalin McDonnell, Sr., Eastmont, Eduardo Salmeron, Sr. Sunnyside.

GIRLS
Player of the Year: Jordan Rodriguez, So., Sunnyside
Coach of the Year: Matt Strophy, Moses Lake

FIRST TEAM
Nikki Gilbert, Sr., Eastmont
Alexis Perez, Jr., Davis
Emily Olson, Jr. Moses Lake
Jessie Loera, Fr., Moses Lake
McKenna Walker, So., Moses Lake

SECOND TEAM
Kylie Buterbaugh, Sr., Eastmont
Amira Chandler, So., Wenatchee
Vanessa Alvarez, Jr., Sunnyside
Savannah Jackson, So., Eastmont
Alexis Gratton, So., Davis

HONORABLE MENTION from Wenatchee Ali Sealby, Sr., Katie Kansky, Jr., Maddi Hallberg, Fr.

DEFENSIVE TEAM: Jessie Loera, Fr., Moses Lake (Defensive Player of the Year), Alexis Perez, Jr., Davis, Nikki Gilbert, Sr., Eastmont, Vanessa Alvarez, Jr., Sunnyside, Abby Waterhouse, Fr. Eastmont, Jordan Rodriguez, So. Sunnyside.

Nonleague teams…what are they doing?
Both Purple and Gold teams had five nonleague games in November and December. Current records and rankings (CZ = Score Czar, TNT = Tacoma News Tribune, ST = Seattle Times)

Boys…combined record 80-31
Jackson (4A) 22-0, SC 2nd, TNT 2nd, ST 3rd, still playing
Lakeside (3A) 19-4, SC 4th, TNT 4th, ST 4th, still playing
Lake City, ID (5A) 15-5, still playing Newport, (4A) 15-8, SC 23rd, still playing
Monroe (4A) 9-14, SC 54th, season over

Girls…combined record 56-55
Cashmere (1A) 13-9, SC 17th, still playing
Liberty (3A) 13-11, SC 26th, season over
Ballard (4A) 12-11, SC 31st, season over
Lake City, ID (5A) 10-12, season over
South Kitsap (4A) 8-12, 44th, season over

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